Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Way We Were... young and beautiful!

                                   Calpe Spain August 1978... Tea, Lucio, Sandra

Friday, December 10, 2010

One more week

One more week and we're off for our Christmas vacation... Finnair gave me a scare with the stewardess' strike which lasted 8 days, but luckily the strike ended last night! They have a week to get things back on track because I'd rather not have delays and things...

Oliver, our dear cat is not well... He's been to the vet here but even though he's better and has stopped losing weight, but somethig is a little wrong and I'm worried sick... He has an appointment at the cat clinic in Finland as soon as possible... and I worry and buy him chicken breasts and things that I know he likes... worried worried... =(

And on a happier note... I received a lovely photo of Luca... Can't wait to see him!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

This year's Advents Calendars

A calendar with illustrations by Rudolph Koivu...
One that represents the Villa Hakasalmi where Aurora Karamzin lived in the centre of Helsinki...

And one that Finnair sends to all it's little Finnair Plus clients...

And today is the first of December... we get to open the first window!!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The magic of making yarn!

It started with a gorgeous fibre dyed by Tuulia from Knitlob's Lair...

                   ...which was so easy to spin that even I made yarn-looking yarn...

     ... and then I knitted a simple cowl from it!!! (Better photographs when I can get someone to pose)

                                           Makes one feel very... capable!   =)

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Scarf/shawl... beautiful pattern... Cinnamon Grace on Ravelry... beautiful yarn... Posh Yarn Martha (the pictures don't do the colour justice) ... I'm very happy with this!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Do your kids dress up???

She's 21 and she really enjoys make up and horror movies... =)

Friday, November 19, 2010

I sent a little box of goodies to a friend who always remembers me and my family and who has had a little rough autumn, and asked Minerva ,my 9 year old, if she'd like to make a drawing to include in the box. With her usual determination she sat down after doing homework and started drawing.

She didn't ask me what to draw or for ideas, and next time I looked she had filled a sheet of paper with birds!!! I almost wanted to keep it for myself , but it had been drawn for Merja so we took photographs and sent it along! Now that the packet has arrived at destination I can show the drawing...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


This is my first Ishbel from some

time back... I washed it again and

took some more pictures... The

 Posh Yarn cashmere just gets

softer and softer...

And this is my Alina II... in Posh

Yarn cashmere: Soft as a cloud

and light as air! This one is for

me... (until someone wants it)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My mother stole my tent!

Remember Oliver in the Ikea kid's tent? Well, we took the tent down today, so that we can get the room a bit organized, and you should have seen Oliver's look??? Like... WTF??? He looked so lost and disappointed that I had to open the wardrobe drawer and let him return to his favourite sleeping place ... as you can see, I knit garments for someone's pleasure!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

ANOTHER Great Mail Day!!!!

Yet another incredible mail day! I could get used to this!!!! =)

An exchange with the Kahelit-group on Ravelry... the idea was to give away something from your stash that didn't speak to you anymore... I have some doubts that these don't speak to someone, they're gorgeous!!

2 skeins of Drops Alpaca in blue, with beads to go with them... maybe I'll finally tackle beading? =)

2 skeins of Sisu in a deep brown...  some Sisu is always needed (look it up in the dictionary...it's finnsih!)

And a lovely pink skein of Kainuunharmas hand-dyd by Ilu ... I LOVE this yarn!

A bag of blue beads, some buckles and a little torch and... SALTY LICORICE!!!!!

Thank you KIRSI!!!!!

Then... there was a package from Marjut... a very funny book with personalized autograph!!! Lucky lucky me! THANK YOU!!!

And then... there was a little Extra package, just to keep my weight up! 4 , yes 4, Fazer chocolate bars ... my very favourite, and three boxes of ... yes Sisu, only this time it's not yarn but licorice!!! =) You see... we finns are very proud of our SISU! Kirsi, the family thanks you!

The mailman is always so happy to bring me packages... to thank him I ordered his little daughters a letter from Santa Claus, straight from Korvatunturi... =)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


First a huge box from my dear

dear friend Merja... Lots of

yummy rye bread and chocolate

and salty licorice and dried


Then some yarn from  Ilu ...

gorgeous wool...

And last but not least, Minerva, my youngest, got mail from the future Queen of Sweden, Princess

Viktoria and her husband Daniel, with a photo and their autographs!!! She had sent a card drawn by her  in June when they got married and now she received this! You can imagine that she was rather happy!

My friend Heli was the one to suggest sending a card, because when she was little she had done the

same at Viktoria's parent's wedding and had received a letter from them... Forever thankful for the tip...

my daughter will always remember this!  <3

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween III

                                              The youngest on her way to Trick or Treat...

                                                      And with the candy afterwards...

                                                                  and after...

Halloween lunch

Halloween lunch:

Mummy meatloaf

Potatoes and sweet potatoes

Red onions

Chocolate and homemade figjam cake and ARBUTUS picked just before lunch... (corbezzoli in italian)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween II

As Always, our gnomes in the garden remembered us today, before Halloween!

Minerva took them some clementines, and found a red hat full of delicious candy!

The hat was surely for tomorrow, since it had a nice Jolly Roger on it!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween I

I love the fall, I love mandarins and clementines, I love pomegranates, I love candles, I love  the rain the storms the windy sea, I love Christmas carols and these months that lead to Christmas...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


 My almost ten year old still loves putting up the ancient Ikea kids tent and playing, and she's not the only one!

   Lots of blankets and things to sleep on...

      And then there is my other little cat... doing her homework.

   The hat helps the concentration      I'm told!